Did you ever think to yourself, “I like the idea of a hybrid-powered, all-wheel drive minivan. I just wish I could take it on the Rubicon trail?” If you have, then Toyota might have just the right product for you.
Called the Sienna Woodland Special Edition, the van began life as a standard 2022 Toyota Sienna. It comes standard with Toyota’s Hybrid AWD system, which uses an electric motor to send power to the rear wheels.
The system can send up to 100% of torque to the front wheels in normal driving, and takes off from starts with 80% of torque going to the rear wheels. Additionally, it follows a similar split in low traction situations.
The Sienna Woodland Special Edition rides higher than a standard Sienna, has 3,500 lb towing capacity, and comes in an available exclusive Cement exterior color.
Also helping your outdoor adventures is a 1,500 watt power outlet and roof rails with crossbars.
Differentiating the Woodland Special Edition from regular Siennas, apart from the increased ride height, are black sport trimmed seats with unique stitching, dar chrome-colored accents, black badging, and a 1,200 watt JBL audio system with 12 speakers and integrated satellite navigation.
Toyota Safety Sense is standard, and it is now in its second-generation. Cyclist detection is included with pedestrian detection, which could be quite useful when navigating a fire road to a campsite.
For each Sienna Woodland Special Edition sold, Toyota will donate $250 to the National Environmental Education Foundation, with a minimum donation of $250,000.
The outdoor lifestyle adventure space is huge right now, and to take advantage of the many activities available doesn’t require a dedicated off-road rig like a Jeep Wrangler. The Woodland Special Edition adds what is needed — increased ride height — to make it to most places and now you can bring the whole family along and all of your gear.
It’s also something no other automaker is currently doing. We’ll see how it works out for them.